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A government minister estimates that Crewe has "immense economic potential" which could benefit from the arrival of HS2 in the years to come and suggested when the services could start operating to and from the city. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed in the House of Commons on Tuesday February 11 that the rail project will go ahead.

The green light has been given for the sections from London to Birmingham and from the West Midlands to Crewe for the moment, which are respectively known as phase 1 and 2a.

Crewe sections in Manchester and Birmingham sections in Yorkshire, known as phase 2b will be reviewed to verify value for money.

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, is Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Department of Transport.





Paul Maynard.

Maynard - who was born in Crewe - says the HS2 announcement is "great news" for the city and that work is underway to bring the project to the region "as soon as possible".

He said, “Crewe has immense economic potential. We want him to benefit from HS2 as much as possible. "

Schedules for trains to London from Crewe are expected to drop to 55 minutes under HS2, and Maynard believes the project will bring jobs and investment to the city.

He said: "A reduction to only 55 minutes of HS2, so someone who travels to Crewe on the West Coast Main Line frequently, this can only be good news for many people in Crewe and beyond. , but also locally I think, for Crewe.

"It is clear that it is the rail city - if anywhere in the UK is a rail city - so I think it will benefit jobs and investment as well as those who are able to reach Crewe much faster and as a person born in Crewe myself, I can't think of any place that deserves more. "

The HS2 website initially indicated that services to Crewe during part of Phase 2a would begin in 2027, but the project experienced delays.

Although Mr. Maynard did not give specific dates as to when HS2 services should operate from the city, he believes it could be "sometime after" 2033, but before the lines to Manchester and Leeds will not be built by 2040 at the latest. latest.

In the past, Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps said in a written statement that Phase 2a could be delivered on the same schedule as the first between London and Birmingham, if parliamentary approval was granted and could be between 2028 and 2031.

Mr. Maynard said: "I am always ready to try to give detailed answers when I can, but I am very nervous about setting arbitrary deadlines that we do not necessarily have all the tools in our power .

"We have a legislative process to go through for phase 2a, which is almost in the hands of Parliament, how quickly we can get there."

"It is obvious that Crewe will still be a little before (the road to Manchester and Leeds) but some time after 2033 when we hope to have arrived in Birmingham. "





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However, as part of the new ministerial position announced by the Prime Minister to oversee the HS2, Maynard stressed that part of the role is designed to speed up delivery of the project, suggesting that services may arrive sooner.

He said: "Part of the new dedicated HS2 minister's job will be to try to speed up this process as much as possible. We want to bring these benefits to the north of England as soon as possible.

"That's been said in the past (services to Crewe after 2033), but part of the job of the new Minister HS2 and the role of this integrated rail review is to see how we can sequence things to deliver the benefits much earlier. . "

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As part of Tuesday's announcement, Johnson also committed to accelerating progress on Northern Powerhouse Rail with an integrated plan to maximize the benefits of rail investment in the North.

And Mr. Maynard suggested that this plan will look at the situation in Cheshire to see what can be improved.

He said: "I think the key point is that our integrated rail plan will look at how we sequence our investments in the north of England and this will include Northern Powerhouse Rail which links Liverpool to Hull and Sheffield to Newcastle, but also more regional rail links.

"There is a lot more to be done in Cheshire as a whole, by reopening the lines, investing in the lines that are currently underutilized and that is part of what I want this integrated rail plan to look at." "

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